Safeguarding & Governance
How Things Work At Trinity
Trinity is a registered charity and part of the family of Church of England churches that make up the Diocese of Gloucester. We share a long established model of safeguarding and governance which unites church and charity law to ensure proper oversight and transparency for all our ministry and mission.
Andrew Blyth (the ‘Team Rector’), our other Church of England ministers and two ‘churchwardens’ elected at our Annual Church Meeting, Helen Stott and James Mears, are all approved and formally licensed by the Bishop of Gloucester to serve at Trinity. They each have specific responsibilities to ensure that everything at Trinity is in-line with best practice and legal requirements.
Twelve other church members are also elected at the Annual Church Meeting to serve with them as our PCC (Parochial Church Council). Acting as our Trustees, the PCC is the guardian for the integrity of church life, formally approves strategic plans in line with our vision and ensures that all necessary resources, policies and proper checks and balances are in place for financial, safe-guarding, staffing and health & safety matters.
A number of members of the church staff team attend meetings of the PCC to ensure appropriate information is being provided.
In consultation, Andrew and the PCC appoint the members of the Trinity Leadership Team. Its role is to seek and share God’s vision for the church and to develop our strategic mission and ministry plans.
The Leadership Team communicates vision and acting as the ‘standing committee’ of the PCC, oversees the implementation of strategic plans. The Leadership Team appoints and supervises the staff team and volunteer leaders of ministries, manages budgets and policies and ensures proper reporting to the PCC.
Meeting on a weekly basis a team of paid staff and volunteers are responsible for day-to-day operations. We are blessed with experienced teams to manage areas such as financial control, safeguarding arrangements, risk management and health and safety policies
If you want to take part and vote at our Annual Church meeting (APCM) you need to be a member of our church Electoral Roll. As well as being the legal basis for determining who is a legal ‘member’ of Trinity, joining the list is a way of expressing commitment to us as a local church and to the wider family of churches across the nation.
To be on the Trinity church electoral roll you will want to share our vision as a church and must be over 16 and have worshiped at Trinity for more than 6 months or be resident of our local parish area.
Health and Safety
At Trinity we take Health and Safety very seriously to ensure we comply with our legal duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. We will strive, as far as reasonably practicable, to maintain high standards of health, safety and welfare for our staff, volunteers and visitors. We will provide a safe work place for staff and volunteers and a safe environment for all those who join us to worship at Trinity Cheltenham. Please check out our health and safety page for more information.
At Trinity Cheltenham we take very seriously the care and protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. To ensure the highest standards possible, we have adopted the Church of England safeguarding policy statement and associated parish safeguarding handbook. Using these key documents we have implemented a number of safeguarding procedures to ensure a robust system of recruitment, training and monitoring of all staff and volunteers who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. Please visit our safeguarding page for more information
We love to welcome everybody to our church and aim to make our Sunday church services accessible and inclusive for all needs. The building is accessible for wheelchair users. We are committed to safeguarding and considering the welfare of adults and children with additional needs. If you’d like a copy of our safeguarding policy please see below, or if you have any questions about accessibility please get in touch with us, using the contact details below.
Data Protection (GDPR)
We always want to ensure that we treat your personal information with the upmost discretion, privacy and security – not to mention being sensible about many times we contact you. Therefore we have lots of guidelines to lead our teams on doing this well; please feel free to read our statements and policies here. And get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems.
Data Governance Policy